Glendronach distillery

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GlenDronach distillery
GlenDronach distillery
Region: Highland
Owner BenRiach Distillery Company
Founded 1826
Status Active
Water source Dronach Burn
Number of stills 2 wash (13,635 l),[1]
2 spirit (6,800 l)
Capacity 1,300,000 litres per annum
GlenDronach Single Malt
Age(s) 12 Year (Original)
15 Year (Revival)
18 Year (Allardice)
21 Year (Parliament)
31 Year (Grandeur)
33 Year Old
Cask type(s) Pedro Ximenez/Oloroso Sherry
ABV 43-48%
Wood Finishes
Age(s) 14 Year Old (Virgin Oak, Sauternes)
15 Year Old (Moscatel, Tawny Port)
Cask type(s) American & European Oak
ABV 46%
Cask Strength
Age(s) No Age Statement
Cask type(s) Pedro Ximenez/Oloroso Sherry
ABV >50%

Glendronach distillery is a Scottish whisky distillery located near Forgue, by Huntly, Aberdeenshire, in the Highland whisky district.[2] It is owned by the BenRiach Distillery Company Ltd.

The distillery was founded in 1826 by James Allardes (referred to often as Allardice) as the second distillery to apply for a licence to legally produce whisky under the Excise Act of 1823,[3] which passed three years earlier and which allowed for the distilling of Whisky in Scotland.[4] Other sources credit a consortium of farmers and businessmen for the foundation of the distillery though this could include Allardes. The Glendronach distillery was purchased by Teachers and Sons Ltd around 1960 who increased the number of stills from two to six. In 1996 the distillery was mothballed and reopened again in 2001[5] by the BenRiach Distillery Company. Other notable owners include Walter Scott, who acquired it in 1881 and Charles Grant, son of the founder of the Glenfiddich distillery, in 1920.

The distillery draws its water from the Dronac burn within the distillery grounds. It has its own floor maltings and two wash stills in addition to two spirit stills.

The distillery is protected as a category B listed building.[6]


  1. ^ Glendronach
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Helen Arthur (2002) [1997]. The single malt companion (in Dutch). Lisbeth Machielsen (trans.). Librero. pp. 122–124. ISBN 90-5764-236-0. 
  4. ^ "History of Scotch Whisky". Castello Brothers Inc. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Glendronach Distillery reopens". Whisky Magazine. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Glendronach Distillery: Listed Building Report". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 

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Coordinates: 57°29′05″N 2°37′32″W / 57.4847°N 2.6255°W / 57.4847; -2.6255